Millinocket Stream Cleanup
If you have read the news item about Millinocket Stream, and if you have viewed the photos in A Walking Tour of Millinocket Stream, then you know that something needs to be done.
If we are going to survive without the mill, we have to do something about the things within our community that may cause someone not to want to move here.
Millinocket Stream, now a detriment, has a potential of becoming a major asset.
Itís easy to blame the past owners of the mill, and itís reasonable to do so, but assigning blame doesnít get the problem fixed.
It would be easy to blame the town, and it is reasonable to believe that town officials looked the other way while the stream was polluted through the years.
But letís not forget that the mill has been our largest taxpayer; and that, directly or indirectly, Great Northern Paper Company employed most of the people in this town. Had the town interfered with the operations of the mill, weíd have been angry with them for that.
Throwing blame around doesnít fix the problem.
Quite frankly, the town doesnít have the funds to pay for a clean up.
Oh, it would be nice if Lambert Bedardís assets and those of Inexcon could be seized, and perhaps Bowater and anyone else who profited most from the pollution of Millinocket Stream, and if that money could be used to pay for a clean up